Wednesday, December 28, 2011


Thank goodness the compulsory Retail season is over. I hate xmas and the need to buy ppl presents. I buy people presents through the year as I see things I think they like and resent having to do extra just because it is expected. My friends know this. If you dont love people enough to buy them stuff through the year, then its all pretty shallow.
Still it was a reasonable time, only insulted once and from an odd source so depression was short and put into perspective when I found out that a friend;s granbaby is in hospital from a near drowing. Life sux but others have it worse.

Anyway mother saw fit to nag me on xmas day driving me to work grateful to be there.. And I was dragged out of bed after work really early to go to my In-laws and I was late anyway ! Sigh. I was a zombie. I really was not alright and couldn't shake the fuzzy feeling.
Boxing dinner

They encourage these pests.. But once you start its too late. You cannot stop feeding these birds or they destroy your house. Oh well.
It was most pleasant once my brain kicked in.. and I had my cameras too. :-) I forgot to change the battery on my fisheye so wasted two shots with that.



A short stop at Peter Neve's before heading to Helen's. She fed us again but I had to rush off and so it looks bad. BUT I had to go.

Of course no sleep and a busy start was not good. Luckily I managed not to bugger anything up. I collapsed into bed and slept for most of my day off on Tuesday. A whole day. Bit of a waste.

Friday, December 23, 2011


Xmas flowersXmas flowers

Today was Druey's Solistce party. I was actually looking forwards to this, and even with everything in the background, this is the party of the year for me.
 I was able to spend a quick hour or two with Tim and his family. For once it was comforting to be amongst a family even if its not my family. The girls were excitable and little Cate kept ttaking photos with the cat camera I gave her. Luckily I gave her 5 rolls of film.. I think I will need to give her a box of 20 rolls of Kodak.  
I would love to get real feedback esp as most of my present to this family were hand made in someway. 

I was thrilled with how the canvaspop canvas turned out and I do hope Tim liked it. I was surpirsed at the great quality of a hipstamatic photo. 

Robin and her lizard seemed to bond. The bluetongue never liked me. Funny how these things work out. 
Robin's present
Onwards to Druey's and we had the pie that Tim's MIL made for me. She made a HUGE pie. Plenty for all and still some for me to take to work.



Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Weekend away

Actually had a " sort of" weekend away... It was sunday and part of monday. SO David took us to River Island mainly because he had stuff to pick up from there but thats ok.

It was over cast and raining almost all the time. Sigh.. Its supposed to be summer and although I have no issue with the cold, I am over this bloody rain. It hasn't stopped since late november.

Played with IR, and the canon 1N not much digital with the 7D. Tried to get shots of a bower bird but didnt manage to catch him in his nest. :-( Too many passers by.

Bower bird nest.

A male Bower Bird makes his nest in a dry river bed nearby. #bird #iloveaustralia

Our under cabin resident. #iloveaustralia #wombat #animal

Bullio at Sunset #canong5 #infrared #iloveaustralia #canon

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Adventures in IR

So a modified Canon 10D arrived in the mail on Thursday. I opened it all up and was disappointed that there was no battery. So I shelved it and ordered a battery on ebay. I put the box away so I can recycle it.

I was packaging up the ebay sales last night and re-opened the box that originally had the Canon 10D in it, out fell a battery and a charger. AARGGHGHHH Two days wasted of IR Shooting.. I was annoyed at myself.

This morning I took the IR Camera out for a spin. Very exciting. :-) see what you think.

Picton in IR

Picton in IR

Picton in IR

Picton in IR

Picton in IR

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Xmas hermitage

AH its that time of year when I hide from people. I loathe this time of year (NO surprise, I biych about it every year) SO as it ticked over to Dec 1, I have increased my online presence and not gone to the shops except! my 50mm f/1.8 that I inherited from D, fell apart. Literally, fell out of its casing.

50MM F/1.8 fell apart.

So David and I braved the stores, of course after 1700hrs so the least amound of ppl would be there.
Talked to JB Campbeltown who accused me of having a fraudulant receipt for them to match a price. Fuck you then. They apologised when they rang the store listed. They did not match the price though. I stormed out, I don't take kindly to being called a criminal.

Dick smith couldn't reduce the retail price on an ex-demo. huh. Its essentially used..

Up to the camera shop where the guys where friendly, and we had a long chat. I eventually bought the lens from them even though they could only go down to $128. Its customer service guys!!! Treat people like valued people and they buy stuff from you even if its higher than the other guys.

SO I have a new 50mm.

The freeway to the city has been exceptionally bad recently. Took David 2 hrs 45 mins to get to sydney. Its only 2 hours by train. WHo says driving is faster?? I have noticed it has been getting worse. A few days ago at 6am, the traffic in the city direction was queued back past Narellan road. (THis is way out of the city)

Cloudy and Cool first day of summer
P&O arrived in Sydney Dec 1st

Weather has been shit for the whole week. We have had the coldest summer start since 1967 and I an sure my US friends are having warmer weather. They are certainly laughing at us. :-) So much for summer. lol I don't mind the temps, but the constant rain is a bit wearing.

Government House Sydney
Government House Sydney
Had to resort to Iphone ir to get any descent shots last time I was in the city.

Cloudy and Cool first day of summer
Dec 1st 2011. Grey and Dreary

Got an IR camera, but due to the postal laws, the battery wasnt shipped with it. The stupid part of this is I had to order a battery which is being shipped from HK.. GRR if it comes in a camera or phone, its a hazard, if its shipped in a plastic cover its OK? whats the diff? ANYWAY this means no shooting for all of dec so far. I did take out the digital and shot some night scenes but not the same as SYdney under a blue sky.

Railway at night
Oscar at Strathfield

Infrared PLay..
Digital IR. Canon 7D red filter

Oh night shift for the stupid season, or as I now call it (Thanks Big Bang Theory) The non optional Social convention.

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Unhappy employees

Its very telling of upper management when almost all employees are looking to bail. Its not only me, but several people in my workplace and other complexes. The older guys are now arranging their plans to retire, us slightly younger people just want something else. Of all the people I work with 75% are out looking. I am sure many other complexes have the same ratio.
This speaks volumes of management. Upper management are happy to gie themselve large pats in the pack, whilst treating lower grades as children.
The addition of new levels of supervision have only accellerated the evacuation. I have witnessed a jump in sick leave. One shift had 5 people on a shift of 8 go sick in a 5 minute period.
We have two trainees, if the guys retire nect year as they plan and if I and my colleagues find alternatives, what will they do?

Its unbearable. People are even being explosive, two guys last night nearly came to blows almost like fighting dogs and had to be seperated. This is mearly stress findind an outlet. Would you work here?

My boggest issue, it that I have been employed here in various roles since my very early 20s. I have no knowledge outside of my speciality. I have a childish reseume. I am working on this.
help me............

I need to go back to my aviation training and re-learn technical writing. I used to be excellent at all this but my cushy job for the past 18 years has made me soft.